Serena Williams made it official earlier today pulling out from her remaining two events in Beijing and at the WTA Finals.
The World No. 1 cited injuries and a broken heart which she suffered when she was stunned by Roberta Vinci at the US Open ending the hopes of an historic Calendar Slam.
“It’s no secret I’ve played injured most of the year — whether it was my elbow, my knee, or, in the finals moments after a certain match in Flushing, my heart,” Serena said in a statement.
“I’m a fierce competitor,” she added. “And I want to compete as well as I can, for as long as I can. So I am taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal.
“This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game. I plan to return to practicing and participating in exhibition matches later this year. And when I do, l will focus and focus and focus so I can continue my journey in this beautiful game.
“Arthur Ashe once said, ‘Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome. My journey in tennis this year has been at times exhilarating, at times disappointing, but in every case, in victory and defeat, it has been extremely rewarding,” Serena explained, adding that five titles, including three of the four Grand Slams, are a testament to both her development and the support that boosts her success.
“I’ve grown more this year than perhaps at any other point in my career. The tennis family, and our fans, have embraced and supported me in ways I never imagined. I am grateful beyond words.
“I love this game more than ever. I hold deep respect for all those who have graced our courts. I’ve been privileged to be one of the few to understand their struggles and their triumphs.”
Serena finishes the season ranked No. 1 with three Grand Slam title, a 53-3 record and five total WTA titles.
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